Legal aid boost blasted as a ‘drop in the ocean’ after millions in Tory cuts

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Ministers announced a £8m increase – as a review found major cuts of up to £350m a year were only “partially successful”. A boost to legal aid spending has been blasted as a “drop in the ocean” after years of multi-million pound Tory cuts.

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Ministers announced a £8m increase and extended access, including legal help at GPs’ surgeries, after a major review said the cuts were only “partially successful”. But it comes after years of reforms under the Tory-led Coalition that had aimed to cut £350m a year.

Richard Atkins QC, chairman of the Bar Council, said the new investment is “a drop in the ocean given the impact Laspo has had on restricting individuals’ access to justice”. Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon branded the review “too little, too late”.

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